Where Are They Now: 10 Reel-to-Real Love Teams
Life imitates art for these onscreen couples.
(SPOT.ph) Love teams are an essential part of many local TV and movies; it’s a tried-and-tested formula that, for the most part, has stood the test of time, TV ratings, and box-office draws. By nature, love teams are an easy way to get fans hooked: the more projects they do together, the more chances they have to fall in love in real life. In some cases, the dream scenario becomes a reality—though it doesn’t always work out in the end. (We have our fingers crossed for JaDine.)
In the spirit of nostalgia, we list 10 reel-to-real love teams from the ‘80s all the way to today.
Tirso Cruz III and Nora Aunor
Where we saw them: The Musical Teenage Idol; Tell Nora I Love Her; Guy and Pip; Till We Meet Again, Always in My Heart; and so much more.
Fans were so invested in this couple that their pairing lasted from the '60s all the way to the '80s. Even to this day, Guy and Pip are always looked backed on with fondness. What made their tandem so irresistible wasn’t their life-sized doll together—a real-life gift that was so popular, it got its own movie that people actually watched. Instead, it was their infamously on-and-off relationship that had everyone hooked. Fans were devastated when they eventually called it quits for real. Aunor went on to marry her co-star, Christopher de Leon (their marriage was annulled in 1996), and Cruz tied the knot with model Lynn Ynchausti.
Daniel Matsunaga and Erich Gonzales
Where we saw them: Two Wives and Be My Lady
DanRich began when they were guest stars on Kris TV. About halfway through Gonzales’ 2014 drama, Two Wives, Matsunaga joined the cast and their love team officially hit it off. As this was all happening, rumors of a blossoming romance had everyone buzzing—despite the fact that Gonzales was dating her non-showbiz boyfriend at the time. Although they finally admitted their relationship status in June 2016, they abruptly split up in February 2017. So far, they have yet to disclose the reason behind their breakup.
Gabby Concepcion and Sharon Cuneta
Where we saw them: Dear Heart; P.S. I Love You; My Only Love; Sa Hirap at Ginhawa; Bakit Ikaw Pa Rin?; Tayong Dalawa; and more.
They were the power couple of the ‘80s, making hearts everywhere swoon with their rom-coms and record sales. It didn’t take very long until their onscreen romance led to a marriage in 1984 and later, a daughter in KC Concepcion. Sadly, the couple called it quits in 1993, but even decades later, the clamor for a comeback remains strong. It was announced in December 2016 that a reunion movie was already in the works.
Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera
Where we saw them: Marimar; Dyesebel; Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang; Endless Love; My Beloved; and Encantadia
This love team dates back to 2007 when they starred in GMA Network’s retelling of Marimar. It was easy to see why they worked: not only were they beautiful together, they also had a bit of juicy controversy going for their off-screen romance. Sparks clearly flew, even if they were both involved with other people. They both denied it, but nobody was surprised when they ended up in each other’s arms. Almost 10 years later, these two are proof that dating in the workplace doesn't always end in disaster.
Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa
Where we saw them: Pangako Sa ‘Yo; Trip; Forevermore; Ngayong Nandito Ka; and Dahil May Isang Ikaw
Kristine Hermosa was only a teenager when she was paired with Jericho Rosales in Pangako Sa ‘Yo. The show catapulted their tandem into the stratosphere of “eternal love teams” and soon, an off-screen romance that had all of us squealing. Despite an untimely breakup in 2003, their chemistry continued to sizzle with more projects. Their last teleserye was in 2009, and it’s probably unlikely that we’ll see them work together any time soon. Rosales is married to Kim Jones, while Hermosa is a proud mom of four with Oyo Boy Sotto.
Drew Arellano and Iya Villania
Where we saw them: Click; Biyahe Ni Drew; and People vs. The Stars
Childhood sweethearts that last are a rarity—even more so when under the public eye—but these two make it look so easy. The two were paired off in the teen-oriented series Click in 2003. They began dating when Arellano was 24 and Villania was 17, and they’ve been kooky and inseparable ever since! They tied the knot in 2014 and had a super-adorable baby boy over a year later. Onscreen, they only work together when Villania guest-stars on her husband’s long-running travel show, Biyahe Ni Drew. They also host the reality show, People vs. The Stars on GMA Network.
Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu
Where we saw them: Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition; Sana Maulit Muli; My Girl; Tayong Dalawa; First Day High; Paano Na Kaya; 24/7 In Love; and more
Unlike the rest of the love teams on this list, the Kimerald tandem began via a reality show. Their combo of sweet and bubbly girl plus charming bad boy proved to be a hit, especially when they began dating in real life. Sadly, they ended their relationship in 2010 and Anderson was linked to Bea Alonzo, Sarah Geronimo, and Maja Salvador. When he publicly admitted he was dating the latter in 2013, this reportedly caused an immensely public divide between (now-former) best friends Chiu and Salvador. In 2015, Chiu also hinted at infidelity issues, sending fans into a tailspin. Despite all the controversy, however, the two are slated to reunite in a new primetime series, Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin in 2017.
John Prats and Heart Evangelista
Where we saw them: G-Mik; Berks; Trip; My First Romance; Tanging Ina; and Jologs
This pairing began all the way back in the ‘90s via the teen show, G-Mik. Their tandem lasted for five years, even if their real-life relationship only went on for one. In an interview with PEP.ph, Prats explained that they split up because they were simply too young at the time. They’ve remained pretty civil over the years, with Evangelista even calling him her “first love.” She went on to work with Jericho Rosales in Ang Panday, whom she also dated for three years before going their separate ways in a really awkward way. Today, both Prats and Evangelista are happily married to other people.
Carlo Aquino and Angelica Panganiban
Where we saw them: G-Mik; Berks; Ang TV; Tanging Ina; Mano Po III: My Love; and more
It seems teen shows were a breeding ground for onscreen romances because Carlo Aquino and Angelica Panganiban also dated while on the set of G-Mik. This quintessentially ‘90s couple were real-life sweethearts for a solid five years, but even that proved to be no match for immaturity. According to Panganiban, their relationship fizzled out because it didn’t have a chance to “deepen and mature.” It took about nine years until they reunited again, this time for an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya in 2015.
Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta
Where we saw them: Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit; Ikaw Pa Lang Ang Minahal; Walang Hanggan; Encantadia; You’re My Home; and The Love Affair
Talk about a love team that lasts! The gorgeous combination of Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta never quite lost its appeal since first capturing hearts in 1991. Their real-life romance was reportedly as “intense” and dramatic as the one they portrayed in Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit, but it ended over Gomez’s infidelity. Despite a rather controversial end, they’ve stayed good friends over the years and their tandem continued to blossom. Of course, it doesn’t hurt they’re both still ridiculously attractive today.